The recently unveiled White House budget plan cuts millions of dollars from the budget of the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, and lawmakers aren’t happy.
A bipartisan group of 64 members of Congress sent a letter recently to the Interior appropriations subcommittee calling on funding for the Museum to remain as is. The budget plan from the Trump White House proposes to cut funding for the institution.
The fact that even one dollar could be reasoned as rightfully to be stripped from the National Holocaust Memorial Museum is understandably repulsive to many people.
The institution provides educational services slanted towards keeping anything like the Holocaust from happening again to massive amounts of people each year.
Sure, there are always ways to improve fiscal responsibility, but with the Republicans pushing for funding for the President’s long promised U.S./ Mexico border wall, any right wing argument about relying on fiscal responsibility in making the choice to strip funding from the Holocaust Memorial Museum falls flat.
The budget proposal says that the Museum will accommodate the funding cuts “by reductions in staff and selected non-pay areas.”
One of the leaders in the effort to get the aforementioned letter signed and delivered is Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, who is an immigrant from Vietnam and the first Vietnamese American woman elected to the United States Congress. In one of the few legislative victories for the left last November, she beat out longtime incumbent Republican John Mica for her Florida seat.
Of the issue, Rep. Murphy commented:
‘It is important to craft a disciplined and fiscally-responsible budget, but cutting millions of dollars in essential funding for this museum is not the appropriate course of action.’
Exactly. The Trump Administration has proposed other egregious budget cuts in an effort to needlessly boost national security coffers as well, including to an array of social benefits like SNAP and Social Security.
As the letter itself states, there has been an increase in virulence towards and explicit violence against Jews recently, with a spike in such incidents just since Trump’s election.
The letter, serving as the voice of dozens of Congresspeople, reads: “In our view, the mission of the museum has never been more important, particularly as the number of anti-Semitic attacks around the world rise. Now is not the time to cut funding for this national treasure.”
Jonathan A. Greenblatt, head of the Anti-Defamation League, called the move to cut funding from the National Holocaust Memorial Museum a “mistake,” saying that the institution “is the most important American institution preserving the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and educating future generations about the importance of combating hate and bigotry.”
These legislators raise, of course, a very good point, but for now the budget proposal is just that, a proposal. It still has to pass Congress before it and the egregious across the board cuts that it brings with it actually go into effect.
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